Organizing Committee
OCM Member
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , USA
Biography :

Prof. Rajender S. Varma (H-Index 90) was born in India (Ph.D., Delhi University 1976). After postdoctoral research at Robert Robinson Laboratories, Liverpool, UK, he was faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and Sam Houston State University prior to joining Sustainable Technology Division at US EPA in 1999 and Palacky University, Czech Republic (2014).

Research Interest :

Rajender S. Varma has over 40 years of research experience in management of multi-disciplinary technical programs and is extensively involved in sustainable aspects of chemistry that includes, development of environmentally benign methods using alternate energy input using microwaves, ultrasound and mechanochemistry and efficient technologies for the sustainable remediation of contaminants, and environmental sciences. Lately, he is focused on greener approaches to assembly of nanomaterials and sustainable synthetic applications of magnetically retrievable nano-catalysts in benign media. He is member of the editorial advisory board of several international journals and he has published over 455 scientific papers and awarded 15 US Patents.

OCM Member
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville , USA
Biography :

Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. In 2014, he assumed a Governor’s Chair for Biorefining based in University of Tennessee’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries and serves in the US Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL. He is the recipient of the 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award and the ACS Affordable Green Chemistry award and his students have won several awards, including the ACS graduate research award.

Research Interest :

Arthur Ragauskas research is important to uncovering ways to convert biomass to biofuels, biopower, and biomaterials. Specifically, his work focuses on converting plant matter such as lignocellulose, found in the cell walls of energy crops, into biofuels. He also works to uncover applications of bio-based chemicals and materials for use in areas ranging from health care to packing material.

OCM Member
Polytechnic University of Valencia , Spain
Biography :

Marcelo E. Domine completed his PhD at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) in 2003 under the guidance of Prof. A. Corma, and postdoctoral studies at the IRCELYON - CNRS (France, 2005-07). In 2008, he re-joined the Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC) of Valencia, Spain as Scientific Researcher of CSIC.

Research Interest :

Marcelo Domine current research involves the synthesis and characterization of multi-functional and nano-structured solid catalysts and their application in sustainable chemical processes, mainly focusing on new biomass-derivatives transformations and wastes valorization into fuels and valuable chemicals.

OCM Member
Technical University of Ilmenau , Germany
Biography :

Prof. Dr. J. Michael Köhler is the head of the Department of Physical Chemistry and Microreaction Technology at the Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany) since 2001. He studied Chemistry in Halle an der Saale as well as in Jena (PhD 1986), where he also get habilitated in General and Physical Chemistry in 1992. Between 1991 and 2001 he was the head of microsystem department and the department of biotechnical microsystems at the IPHT Jena. He taught at the Universities of Wuppertal and Jena between 1991 and 2000. M. Köhler has published inter alia more than 100 journal articles and edited books on microlithography, microsystem and microreaction technology, environmental technology and nanotechnology.

Research Interest :

Michael Köhler recent research interests include evolving systems, microtechnology and nanotechnology as well as the development and application of fluidic microsystems. The focus of his experimental research work is the application of micro reactors and microfluidics for sustainable processes, for example for micro flow-through synthesis of nanoparticles and composed microparticles, in biological toxicity screenings and in investigations on heavy metal-resistant soil bacterial communities.

OCM Member
University of Massachusetts Boston , USA
Biography :

Prof. Wei Zhang is the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his PhD and did his post-doctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh with late Prof. Paul Dowd. He was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Chemist at DuPont Agricultural Products, and Director of Discovery Chemistry at Fluorous Technologies, Inc. (FTI).

Research Interest :

Prof. Zhang’s research is in the areas of green chemistry, fluorous chemistry, synthetic free radicals, organocatalysis, and medicinal chemistry. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers including three in Chem. Rev., four Tetrahedron Reports, and a book “Green techniques for organic and medicinal applications” (Willey 2012). He is currently an editor and editorial advisory member on five international journals.

OCM Member
University of Castilla-La Mancha , Spain
Biography :

Andrés Moreno Moreno (Ciudad Real. Spain, 1962) began their academic and research career in 1987 in the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) getting his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry at the end of 1990. Subsequently, he carried out postdoctoral placements at the University of Oxford (80 weeks 1991-1992, and 4 weeks in 1993) and in the University Paris-Sud (4 weeks in 1994). Since 1995, he is Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemical Sciences. He taught subjects of the area of Organic Chemistry from the year 1987 in different degrees of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences (current name: Faculty of Chemical Sciences and Technologies): chemistry, chemical engineering and science & food technology. In addition, during this time he has spent several stays as visitant professor at the University of Oxford (13 weeks in the 2000 and 5 weeks in 2004), also a short stays at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence from University of York (2014), and in the University of Rome I “La Sapienza” (2016). In April 2015, Spanish Educational Government accredited him as Full Professor in Organic Chemistry.

Research Interest :

The lines of research in which he has participated are: - Organic Reactions by Phase Transfer Catalysis. Anionic Activation. - Structural Determination through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). - Application of Microwave Radiation in organic synthesis. - Cycloaddition Reactions under Microwave Irradiation. - Application of Solid Supports and not pollutants oxidizers in reactions catalysed by acids. - Chemistry of Food. Structural Identification of its components by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). - Synthesis and Characterization of Biofuel precursors from Agricultural Wastes.He has been an active member in his research group working in 27 research projects (12 national and 8 regional) and in 9 projects of scientific infrastructure. Moreover, he has been Principal Researcher of 1 regional project and in 4 infrastructure projects. During this time, he has published more than 75 scientific papers. He has supervised 5 doctoral thesis (PhD), 5 diplomas of advanced studies, 1 master in chemical experimentation, 2 master in sustainable chemistry, 25 research projects with students of last year of their degrees, 8 end-of-degree projects (in chemistry, science and food technology) and 3 work of initiation to research of graduates who were awarded scholarships by the UCLM. Finally, he has participated in more than 65 national and international conferences (16 of them as oral presentations).

OCM Member
MilliporeSigma , USA
Biography :

Ettigounder (Samy) Ponnusamy completed his PhD at the University of Madras (India) in 1982 and postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1983-87). In 1988, he joined Sigma-Aldrich as an R&D Scientist and worked on many high value projects at various capacity. Currently Samy is the Fellow in Green Chemistry at MilliporeSigma (formerly Sigma-Aldrich), leading the Green Chemistry Initiatives. Samy’s work was recognized by The Academy of Science St. Louis, awarded an outstanding scientist award in 2011 and also inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Science St. Louis.

Research Interest :

Samy has over 35 years of industrial and academic research experience in developing new products, greener process developments, polymer processing and greener manufacturing from laboratory to pilot plant scales utilizing green chemistry principles. Developed greener syntheses and characterizations of various polymers for targeted drug delivery applications and several of them currently used as active pharmaceutical ingredients by pharma industries. Also Samy and his team developed DOZN system, a Quantitative Green Chemistry Evaluator to calculate the relative greenness of chemical products/processes based on the Twelve Green Chemistry Principles. Also Samy leads the new Greener Alternatives Business Developments at MilliporeSigma. Samy is one of the elected Co-chairs for ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s Chemical Manufacturer Roundtable and also chairs sessions at the annual ACS GCI’s Green Chemistry and Engineering Conferences. Samy is the founder of the Worldwide Green Chemistry Team at Sigma-Aldrich in 2007 and currently leading the Green Chemistry initiatives at MilliporeSigma. Samy has published over 30 scientific papers and awarded 5 US/European Patents and also 3 US Patents pending.

OCM Member
Sapienza University of Rome , Italy
Biography :

Antonio Zuorro is a Professor of “BioChemical Engineering Fundamentals” and “Chemical Engineering for BioMedical Systems” at the Department of Chemical Engineering Materials & Environment of Sapienza University of Rome, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering.

Research Interest :

His research activity has been mainly focused on the development of innovative chemical and biotechnological processes for the recovery of high value-added compounds from by-products and agro-industrial residues, such as lycopene from tomato waste and phenolic antioxidants from artichoke and bilberries waste, olive pomace and coffee grounds. He also examined the possibility of including the extracts obtained in consumer food products to get new functional foods with high antioxidant activity. In the field of enzyme technology, he studied the use of multienzyme systems with enhanced activity for the recovery of lipids and bioactive compounds with high added value from microalgae. He is the author of over 60 scientific publications and several industrial patents, ranging from the biochemical extraction of valuable compounds to the fibers recovery for material applications.

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